Hallelujah - the famous blue crooner Leonard Cohen performs his magic in Dublin
HE is the oldest crooner in town. But at 77, Leonard Cohen drew fans young and old to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin last night for the first of four concerts.
They came for a truly magical concert experience and weren't disappointed by the legendary performer whose set was sublime.
His 12th studio album 'Old Ideas', released in January, is as accomplished as anything in his back catalogue.
However, unlike Madonna's recent show at the Aviva Stadium, he didn't deprive fans of the songs they have grown up with.
Dressed in his trademark dark suit and hat, he arrived on stage at 7.15pm opening with 'Dance Me To The End Of Love'.
"Thank you for sitting in the cold and damp to hear my melancholic dirges. I really appreciate it," he told the sell-out crowd of 10,000.
What came back from the audience was nothing short of adoration. It was a concert in Kilmainham in 2008 which Cohen credits with restoring his faith in his ability as a live performer.
"I was there that night in 2008 and tonight has been the same. Going to a Leonard Cohen concert is akin to a communal religious experience you share with all these people who have grown up with his songs. On stage he communicates a magic so he doesn't have to say very much," said Jim Lockhart of Horslips, who came with his daughter Ciara.
Glen Hansard and Louis Walsh were also among those in attendance.
Having influenced everything from grunge to the 'X Factor', the handsome storyteller is still in business. And over 90 minutes later he shows why, delivering a set in which you could hear every syllable.
The audience remained enthralled till the end of the show when the elder statesman encored with 'First We Take Manhattan'.
Last night Leonard well and truly took Dublin.